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Circles of Mercy, Hope and Hospitality
Cirlcles Of Mercy a Center for those in need, particularly women and children.

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Circles of Mercy is open 10am - 2pm M-F, Tues only 10am - 5pm.
(other times available by appointment only)
There is no charge for our services.

Circles of Mercy honors the dignity of each person, offers hospitality and provides services to instill hope and empower individuals, especially economically poor women and women with children, to reach their full potential.  The agency also advocates for public policy changes in an effort to break the cycle of poverty, which primarily affects women and women with children.

Through our partnerships with other agencies and organizations, we are pleased to offer the following services:

  • Free tax preparation assistance (VITA) for low income tax payers [by appointment only]

  • Financial Literacy Training

  • Basic computer skills training

  • Assistance with resume preparation and job searching

  • Human service resource referrals

  • Client advocacy and support

  • Catherine’s Closet Thrift Shop, including: Cate’s Kids and Baby Blessings Closet

  • Clothing Grants to Qualified Clients and Families

  • Layettes and baby supplies

  • Diaper and baby wipe grants

  • Back to school supplies

  • Christmas Adopt-a-Family

  • Children’s Easter Basket Program

  • Women’s mentoring and support

  • Bus Passes for Medical and DSS Appointments

Circles of Mercy

Circles of Mercy recently participated in a Family Fun Night hosted by the Rensselaer City Schools, where over 500 students and family members gathered to learn about different agencies providing services in the community.  Circles volunteer Santino Sierra (right) poses with Ms. Sally Shields, Superintendent of Schools (left).  Santino was on hand to staff an information table, telling visitors about Circles and its various programs




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